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Salud Pública de México

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EASTGATE, Gillian. Sexual health for people with intellectual disability. Salud pública Méx [online]. 2008, vol.50, suppl.2, pp. s255-s259. ISSN 0036-3634.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0036-36342008000800019.

People with intellectual disability experience the same range of sexual needs and desires as other people. However, they experience many difficulties meeting their needs. They may be discouraged from relieving sexual tension by masturbating. They face a high risk of sexual abuse. They are likely not to be offered the full range of choices for contraception and sexual health screening. Poor education and social isolation may increase their risk of committing sexual offences. However, with appropriate education and good social support, people with intellectual disability are capable of safe, constructive sexual expression and healthy relationships. Providing such support is an essential part of supporting people with intellectual disability.

Keywords : intellectual disability; sexuality; sexual abuse; contraception; sterilisation; pregnancy.

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